Brandon Flowers' wife Tana suffers from anxiety and depression and was diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder following a difficult childhood. In 2015, Flowers canceled a string of tours for his solo album, The Desired Effect
, after his wife's depression became severe, so he could go home to look after her. A number of songs on Wonderful Wonderful
are about her condition. Flowers told UK's The Sun
that writing personal songs such as "Rut
" " Life To Come
" and "Out of My Mind" has helped.
"People are getting more informed on mental health and raising awareness and changing the stigma," he said. "This can only be a good thing. I think there is a power in talking about it. Addressing it on these songs wasn't easy, but it feels powerful.
"I've never been prone to those feelings," Flowers added. "I've been relatively unscathed. A lot of people that are artists probably had a lot different upbringing to what I had."